THURSDAY: Critical fire danger will be of most concern today as strong, gusty winds and low humidity leave the state vulnerable to rapidly spreading fires if initiated. Sustained speeds will reach and exceed +25mph for many parts of the state with top gusts expected to be between 40-50mph. Mostly to partly sunny conditions will be see area-wide with a few spot showers possible over the higher terrain of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and far Northeastern Plains. (If any storm does develop, biggest threat will be additional winds as significant is not favorable). Afternoon temperatures will be similar to yesterday — most of us down only 2-4 degrees meaning above average temperatures continue for another day.
FRIDAY: An overnight cold front will drop our temperatures 5-10 degrees across western and central NM while another weak backdoor cold front drops the Eastern Plains 10-15 degrees. No significant rain or storms are expected with either of these boundaries. Although winds will be noticeably weaker than what will be felt Thursday, they won’t go away completely. Sustained speeds will range between 10-20mph across the state making for a much better end to the work week.
SATURDAY: Afternoon temperatures will rebound back into the 60s and 70s with mostly to partly sunny conditions expected across the state. Like Friday, slightly breezy conditions will return for another day before gaining strength by the later part of the weekend.
EASTER: A gorgeous day across New Mexico and southern Colorado as high temperatures climb above normal for this time of year and sunshine settles in over the region. Winds will start to pick up by late day with gusty winds calling for high fire danger to start our next work week.